Monday, April 27, 2015

Limo driver sentenced for N.C. crash that killed newlyweds from Phila.

Jamie Reid and Will Reid at their May wedding. The couple died in a car crash in North Carolina on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (Facebook photo)
Jamie Reid and Will Reid at their May wedding. The couple died in a car crash in North Carolina on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (Facebook photo)

A limousine driver has been sentenced to serve at least 12 years in prison for his role in a North Carolina wreck that killed two newlywed teachers from Philadelphia.

In August, 26-year-old Will Reid and 25-year-old Jamie Reid died after their hired town car veered off a road and struck a tree in Asheville, N.C., where they were attending a friend's wedding.

The couple had just married last May, and Jamie Reid was pregnant.

The limo's driver, 46-year-old Rodney Koon, pleaded guilty in Buncombe County Superior Court on Monday to charges of felony death by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child, and driving while impaired, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

A judge sentenced him to 12 years and two months to 16 years and eight months behind bars.

Charges against Koon were filed in December.

In court Monday, prosecutor Chris Hess said the driver had been "on an all-night binge of crack cocaine" before picking up the Reids at a hotel, and he was under the influence at the time of the accident, according to the Citizen-Times.

Anne Reid, Will Reid's mother, told Koon in court that the young couple was "killed by your negligence" and urged the judge to impose a lengthy sentence, the newspaper reported.

"My sentence is a life sentence," she said.

Will and Jamie Reid both received master's of education degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Will Reid taught math at the People for People Charter School, while Jamie Reid taught English at William F. Harrity Elementary, both in Philadelphia.


Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

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